New openings! Celeb spottings! It's all going on in Sussex and your resident nosy parker is here with the hottest goss for you.
If Wes Anderson had a cafe in Hove – compelling, no? That’s the proposition for the pastel-tastic Oeuf Cafe, opening on Hove’s Third Avenue on October 1. Owner Amber Sterck has put all her oeufs in one basket with this launch at the former Planet India site. As well as indoor seating, a ‘grab-and-go coffee and food station’ (takeaway, we believe), a wine and cocktail lounge and a lovely secret garden, there’s also an on-site florist. Intrigued? Us too, so we’ll be keen to see what Amber’s created. Food-wise, it’s billed as ‘classic yet glamorous’ breakfasts and brunches, healthy smoothie bowls and Moroccan inspired skillets. Veggies, vegans and gluten-free will all be catered for and it’s all locally and sustainably sourced. Ticking all our boxes so far – and check out the Insta, it’s a bit cute, a bit kitsch and a whole lot of fun.
Hotel Selina, Brighton
Meanwhile, the former West Beach Hotel in Brighton is now the raaaather classy, 31-bedroom Hotel Selina. The place has been decked out with furniture and pieces celebrating the city’s heritage and its beachfront restaurant specialises in sourdough pizza. So far, so Brighton. A co-working space is an interesting addition. This is the third UK property for Latam brand Selina, alongside Manchester and Birmingham.
Amarillo at Drakes, Brighton
Is this the way to Amarillo? Why yes, it is! Let’s hear a big sha-la-la for the new venture at Drakes of Brighton from chef Ian Swainson, formerly of South Lodge Hotel near Horsham and also holder of quite a heap of Michelin stars and AA Rosettes at Samling Hotel in Cumbria. Amarillo’s doors swung open just a couple of weeks ago – fear not, Muddy’s already been in and scoffed her way through the menu whilst staying at Drakes. Think elegant cellar restaurant vibes, and tapas-style portions of such delights as mushroom and truffle French toast, aged goosnargh duck breast and black sesame ice cream on pistachio sponge and salted chocolate crumb. Retire to Drakes afterwards to spend the night hugging your pillow. Soz, couldn’t resist.
New grub from Bolney
Muddy’s here for the new Occasion Range from Bolney Wine Estates, a handpicked selection of perfectly paired food and drink for those special and everyday moments, from a lazy, laid-back brunch to a cheese and wine evening, or just an indulgent treat night at home on the sofa. Why not, eh? A hamper from the range also makes the perfect gift and it’s beginning to look a lot like – no, no, it’s not even October, we can’t go there yet.
Celeb spotting in the wild
Move over Circle of Shame, we’re only interested in the Squares of Joy. Over on Insta this week none other than the absolutely fabulous Joanna Lumley was spotted on the feed of Knepp Estate owner Isabella Tree, out on safari at the famed rewilding project. The word on the street is the gorgeous Joanna is filming a UK travel series, so eyes peeled for Knepp in due course. Knepp’s already been on Springwatch this year with a feature on the successful Wild Stork Project which saw wild white stork chicks hatch on the estate – the first time storks have bred in the wild in the UK for 600 years. Next up for the project is the introduction of beavers, scheduled for this autumn.